Upgrade to an efficient washing machine

Why? Washing your clothes uses a significant amount of energy, especially if you use warm or hot water. New, efficient washing machines use less water and energy than old and conventional washers, resulting in energy savings. Some newer models also allow you to wash more clothes per load and are gentler on your clothes.
What to look for:
  • ENERGY STAR® certified washing machines. They use about 25% less energy and 33% less water than non-certified washing machines. 
  • A high Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF). The IMEF considers the energy used by the washing machine, the energy to heat the water and the energy used by the dryer. The higher the IMEF, the more energy efficient the washing machine.
  • A low Integrated Water Factor (IWF). IWF measures the amount of water the washing machine uses. The lower the IWF, the more water efficient the washing machine.
  • The right size. Choose a washing machine that's sized appropriately for your household.
  • A water-level control or a small-load basket, either of which allows you to use less water for small loads.
  • A variety of temperature controls. Look for options that allow you to choose hot, warm or cold water.

Go the extra mile: Thinking about upgrading to a smart washing machine? While smart washing machines are generally energy efficient, the main benefit is the convenience they offer:

  • Reduced noise and vibration.
  • Leak detection. It can notify your smartphone if your washing machine develops a leak.
  • Smart device connection. You can use your smartphone to start your washing machine and get alerts when your laundry is done.
  • Smart sensing. Smart washing machines can adjust the amount of water they use according to how much laundry is in the load.
  • Smaller built-in washing unit. Certain models have a smaller washer built in below the main compartment, which allows you to quickly wash a small load of laundry.

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Up-front costs: ENERGY STAR clothes washers cost about $250 more than conventional clothes washers, on average.